Last night was the Lifetime Networks Annual General Meeting.
Staff, Board Members, Participants, and Lifetime Networks supporters gathered together to celebrate all of the hard work that has been done over the past year, and review some of the exciting and ambitious goals in place for the year to come.
We were pleased to present Red Barn Market with the Community Supporter of the Year award. Red Barn has shown great commitment to inclusive hiring practices.
A participant from the Lifetime Networks Employment Program was hired at the Oak Bay location shortly after they opened a year ago. Owner Scott Travers immediately took this individual under his wing, taking a personal interest in his training and professional development. This has been a very successful placement and the individual is still happily employed as a member of the Red Barn Market team.
Each year, a deserving participant is selected to receive the Pieter Van Rheenen Scholarship Award. This scholarship can be used to purchase additional supports and services. This year, the staff team chose to present Eric De Loor with this award. Eric has been very dedicated to Lifetime Networks. He has been volunteering as a courier for the organization, as well as taking on a mentorship role with another young man with Autism through the Networks Program.
Eric will be using the scholarship to help him towards his dream of being a professional writer. Congratulations Eric!
Things continue to grow and evolve here at Lifetime Networks, and the Employment Program is no exception. Read on to learn about some of the exciting changes happening right now.
Staff Changes and Additions
Congratulations to our Employment Manager, Mel MacDonald, who is starting her maternity leave this week. Mel has been overseeing the employment program for the last year in addition to her main role as Host Agency and Community Engagement Manager. With Mel leaving, Lyndsey Wheat will now be responsible for overseeing the employment program as Employment Supervisor.
Erin Smith is continuing as our Friday Class Instructor, and we will be hiring an additional member to our team in the coming weeks. This is due to the growth of the employment program, and the addition of the InclusionWorks! South Island group to the Lifetime Networks family. This new position will include job development for the InclusionWorks! group, as well as doing discoveries with new program participants and assisting with the Friday class, among other things.
Two weeks ago, Mel and Lyndsey attended a Support Worker Job Fair hosted by GT Hiring, to interview potential applicants for CSW and Job Coaching positions. There were some fabulous applicants, and we are excited to be bringing on two individuals from this job fair; one will be hired as a CSW/Job Coach, and the other will be starting as a volunteer working with our Friday group.
One of the additional benefits of attending the job fair was that Lyndsey was able to sit in the interviewer’s seat for a change! This gave her a chance to assess the candidates first hand on their interview preparedness. Some people made a great first impression, while others were not nearly as prepared as they could have been. This provided some great insights to bring back to our job seekers about how to prepare for interviews.
Friday Employment Class
It’s an exciting time for our Friday group. We have begun to roll in our new class structure, which involves morning structured lessons and afternoon goal-oriented, facilitated work time.
Last Friday, each participant had a personal goal-setting meeting with the Erin and Lyndsey. During these meetings, each participant discussed their goals related to employment. Our current participants are all focused on finding volunteer or paid work positions, or on developing their job skills. Each person came out of their meeting with a definite goal and steps laid out to get them there.
This personal goal planning will really help to add new motivation and enthusiasm to our Friday class!
Guest Posts – Coming Soon!
Stay Tuned for some guest blog posts by our very own Eric De Loor! One of Eric’s employment goals is to continue to develop his writing skills, and what better way than to become a guest contributor on our Employment Blog! Eric will work with Lyndsey, the blog’s creator, to plan and submit some new content in the coming month. Keep your eye on the Lifetime Networks Facebook Page so you don’t miss it!